My 11-year-old son watched a documentary on the Swiss Army Knife and is enamored with getting one for Christmas. We are in the UK regulatory sphere.
He proposes to use the knife on camping expeditions either with family or with the Sea Cadets. Additionally, I am pretty sure that having such a tool bestows status among his peers in the neighbourhood, so there is also a 'non-utilitarian' motive. He is somewhat advanced in terms of maturity and is good-natured and he is generally not exposed to criminal influences, gangs, and the like.
I know there is a knife for first-timers, I cannot see the value in it and contemplate a somewhat more versatile model shown on this page.
I am OK with deferring this until another year if needs be. I wonder if there are regulatory aspects to consider and if so, which.
What age is appropriate for such a gift? Parents with similar experiences may be able to offer valuable insights.
Note: There is a related question regarding kitchen skills here: When should a child begin to learn knife skills for use in the Kitchen? I do not think it's a duplicate because it's more appliance based and a kitchen would not have the same regulatory implications as a pocket knife.